Friday, August 27, 2010

Ouch! What Causes Back Pain?


When I was younger, every time I hear my mom complaining about having back pain, I always tell her that it's natural as she is getting old. But right now, I cannot say that I am getting old already (hehehe.. :-P) yet occasionally I have back ache. I know sitting in front of the computer for more than 8 hours makes my back ache that sometimes it is hard for me to stand. At the end of the day, it is always my complain of having back pain. Aside from sitting for a long time, there are other causes of back pain.

a. Lifting something heavy and overstretches the back will cause a sprain and strain to the muscles or ligaments in the back.
b. As one ages, the bone strength and muscle elasticity decrease. The discs in between the joints become thin so the cushioning effect also decreases which will cause pain every time there is movement.
c. Poor physical condition and health lifestyles can cause back pain. Obesity, smoking, stress triggers pre-existing pain. Bad posture and sleeping position are also contributors to back pain.
d. People with degenerative illness like arthritis, osteoporosis and other bone diseases are more prone to back pain. 

Back pain is a common problem, however, it is important to consult a doctor is the pain is too much to bear or if it persists for long time.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Miss U 2010: Miss Philippines, a Crowd's Favorite Until the Final Question



I was disappointed at Miss Philippines' answer in the final round! Miss Philippines Venus Raj was the crowd's favorite until she answered the final question. Raj was asked by American actor William Baldwin the one biggest mistake that she made in her life and what she did to make it right.

She replied: "You know what, sir, in my 22 years of existence I can say that there's nothing major, major problem that I've done in my life because I'm very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So thank you so much that I'm here. Thank you, thank you so much!" she said.

Well, she said she was nervous and she was. Congrats!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Miss Universe 2010: Vote For Miss Philippines!

(Photo: http://www.missuniverse.com/)

For all people around the world who know, like, love, care one or two or more Filipinos or Filipinas, it's time to show your support! Let's join all our hands (and fingers :-p) and vote for Venus Raj, the candidate of Philippines for the upcoming Miss Universe 2010 which will be held in Las Vegas Nevada on August 23. 

To vote for Miss Philippines Venus Raj, click here, then click the stars, [vote with 5, okay :-)]

For my readers who have not known Venus Raj, the winner of Miss Philippines-Universe, all I can say is that she is worth your vote. When she won the Miss Philippines-Universe crown, she was dethroned from her crown just few weeks after due to the reason of inconsistencies in her birth record. However, supporters from around the country protested for her and her title was restored.

Venus Raj was born out of wedlock, and grew in a poor family. She finished her education with the help of  scholarship grants with flying colors. To read more about her life, click here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Simple Fruity Treat for my Family: Layered Fruit Delight

This morning I found a small can of fruit cocktail in my food cabinet. I think it was a left over when I made a fruit salad several months ago. I checked on the expiry date and it was good. I immediately knew what to do with this can of fruit cocktail, a layered fruit delight!



Well, it's so easy that it took me only 10 minutes to prepare it. Here are the ingredients you need: a small can of fruit cocktail, 200ml cream, 200ml condensed milk, a pack of crackers.

Now, follow these 10 simple steps:


Step 1: Drain the fruit cocktail from its syrup. 

Step 2: Whip the cream till it is thick.
 
Step 3: Fold the condensed milk into the whipped cream.

Step 4: Mix the fruit cocktail into the cream and milk mixture.

Step 5: In a glass container, arrange the crackers.

Step 6: On top of the crackers, put the half of fruit mixture.

Step 7: On top of the fruit mixture, arrange the second layer of the crackers.

Step 8: Pour the remaining fruit mixture.

Step 9: Cover with cling wrap.

Step 10: Your fruit delight is almost ready, just put it in the fridge for several hours.

Share this with your whole family after dinner and definitely they will love it! ;-) Let me know how you like this :-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Perfect Gift Idea: Wireless Reading Device

I was tasked to buy a gift for our boss, who will be celebrating his 60th birthday next month. He is a dear and really great head of the company, and deciding a gift for him was really a difficult task. What could you give to your boss when he has everything a man can buy?! Grrr... but hold on... not until I found this.. The Kindle Wireless Reading device from Amazon.com! (To order: Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation) I haven't gotten hold of my order as this cool wireless reading gadget is sold out and temporarily unavailable till September, just in time for my boss's birthday :-)

How would you want to read your favorite novel or your inspiring food-for-the-soul books as you enjoy the beach...


or while sipping your hot morning coffee...




And not only that, this wireless reading device is not only for comfort and style. Check out the savvy features and be excited by it that you would want to own one. Yeah... I've been thinking of buying my own piece, hehehe...


New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen
50% better contrast than any other e-reader. The clearest text and sharpest images.

Read in Bright Sunlight
Unlike LCD screens, Kindle's screen reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.

Battery Life of Up to One Month
A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off. Keep wireless always on and go for up to 10 days without recharging.

Free 3G Wireless
No annual contracts, no monthly fees. Download books anytime, anywhere.

Global 3G Coverage
Travel the globe and still get books in under 60 seconds with wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories.

Built-In Wi-Fi
Connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the road. Includes free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S.

Share Meaningful Passages
Share meaningful passages with friends and family with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration.

Simple to Use
Kindle is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required.           

Books in 60 Seconds
With fast, free wireless delivery, you can start reading books in less than 60 seconds. No computer required.

Read Everywhere with Whispersync
Your Kindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android device, and BlackBerry. Our Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.

Worry-Free Archive
Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon. Re-download books wirelessly for free, anytime.

Read-to-Me
With Text-to-Speech, Kindle can read English-language content out loud to you.



Lighter Than a Paperback
At only 8.7 ounces and 1/3 of an inch thin, Kindle is lighter than a paperback and thinner than a magazine.

Improved PDF Reader
Now with new dictionary lookup, notes and highlights, and support for password protected PDFs. Easily carry all of your documents on the go.

Quieter Page Turn Buttons
Quieter page turning means you won't disturb your partner when you want to read all night.




Holds 3,500 Books
We doubled Kindle's storage so you can carry up to 3,500 books.

Massive Selection
Over 630,000 books, including 109 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers, plus audiobooks, periodicals and blogs.

Free, Out-of-Copyright Books
Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are available such as Pride and Prejudice. Learn more

Low Book Prices
Over 510,000 books are $9.99 or less, including 80 current New York Times Best Sellers.

Free Book Samples
Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.


This is really a super cool gadget and I couldn't wait to get mine! :-)


(Photos are from Amazon.com)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Remembering Hiroshima A-Bomb


Yesterday, when I switched on my TV early in the morning, the grieving faces of the surviving families of the victims of the Hiroshima atomic bombing flashed on my TV monitor as they remember the 65th anniversary of  the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 during World War II. I could see from their faces that the wounds are still not healed. As I watched the old people crying and the sad faces of attendees of the memorial ceremony, a big lump on my throat built as I tried not to cry.




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